Hypericum perforatum  st johns wort tincture

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St John's Wort was a favorite all throughout history. It has been used throughout history as a mental medicine. Typically, it's well known for applications in dealing with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. To some it's just something on the shelf on the vitamin isle, for others, they swear SJW has changed their life. See this BBC herbalism documentary ( time stamped to start where it discusses the point ) as one reference to this. Beware of false doctrine out there, as St Johns was also used by ancient plant alchemist, who often tied occult practices in with their use of plants. The bible warns against this form of idolatry and false god worship and invocation. Today there however, is a modern scientific understanding of the herb, called phytochemistry. Please note that the bible doesn't flat out condemn plants as medicine, and even God himself told Moses how to make a holy anointing oil out of various common biblical plants such as Calamus, and Myrrh, and aloes.


St Johns Wort acts as an SSRI. This is important to understand because much like an MAOI, an SSRI should not be combined with certain types of substances. Something as mundane as some hebal tea from Walmart could dangerously interact with an SSRI. So make sure you've thoroughly done some research before just taking anything in the world in combination with this stuff. It really should only be consumed if nothing else is being taken. It's a stand-alone type supplement. Also consider that every plant is different, and different forms may work better for certain plants like an oil for one, a tincture for another, capsules for one, or a tea or decoction for another. Potency matters, so the quality will make or break how well the medicine works or doesn't work. Note that you must be right with God to expect healing: Exodus 15:26 KJV “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” Interestingly, this is mentioned in the bible right before the ten commandments. The first two commandments have everything to do with herbal culture and doctrines, so pay attention to them.


To say that St Johns Wort has a few pharmacological constituents is beyond an understatement. Take a look at the list below. This ability to produce these complex phytochemicals is written into the plants DNA ( Deoxyribonucleic acid ). This DNA can be thought of as an organic form of software. Now you tell me, which chemist are more advanced, human chemist or plant chemist? I believe the answer is an obvious postulate. St Johns Wort is one of the most scientifically investigated herbal remedies. It is not for everyone however; Different plants effect different people differently. You have to find which plants are in your genetic predisposition of synergy. Could have something to do with where specific plants grow native, and the people who live there have been exposed to them for so long, where others from the outside have not.


Note: The oils are the most prized part. They are redish in color, and loaded with enough interesting alkaloids to keep students everywhere busy for a life-time. Included in the plant material is: Flavonoids (epigallocatechin, rutin, hyperoside, isoquercetin, quercitrin, quercetin, amentoflavone, biapigenin, astilbin, myricetin, miquelianin, kaempferol, luteolin) Phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid -, to name a few.


ferulic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, vanillic acid) Naphthodianthrones (hypericin, pseudohypericin, protohypericin, protopseudohypericin) Phloroglucinols (hyperforin, adhyperforin) Tannins (unspecified, proanthocyanidins reported) Volatile oils (2-methyloctane, nonane, 2-methyldecane, undecane, α-pinene, β-pinene, α-terpineol -


geraniol, myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, humulene) Saturated fatty acids (isovaleric acid (3-methylbutanoic acid), myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid) Alkanols (e.g. 1-tetracosanol, 1-hexacosanol) Vitamins & their analogues (carotenoids, choline, nicotinamide, nicotinic acid) Miscellaneous others (pectin, β-sitosterol, hexadecane, triacontane, kielcorin, norathyriol)


The reason people make tinctures ( spirits ) is because certain compounds made by plants are not soluble in water. Alcohol on the other hand, can dissolve both polar and non-polar constituents. They also have a much longer shelf life than a water extract. You can buy them or make your own. Below is a short walk-through on making your own St Johns Wort Tincture. When shopping, shop around. Not all herbal / botanical products are created equal, and some may even be fake. You may be buying plant material that's already been used in extractions, and has nothing left in it. Potency matters with this stuff because it is the potency that gives it its medical benefit. This means product quality, and manufacturing procedures matter. This is why I suggest buying USDA organic products and making your own tinctures, and oils, etc. If you buy oils and tinctures, shop around for the best quality. Test each one and rate them, then take mental note. If you are not noticing results, the product is 99% inferior. Buying cheap is not the best idea when seeking herbal remedies. Again, quality matters, and potency IS quality or lack thereof depending on how much or how little is there.


Tinctures are easy enough to make. You simply soak the plant matter in high proof liquor, like everclear, for a minimum duration of one month. Keep them stored in a cool, dark place. Light can damage certain chemicals. It can also help the extraction process to shake the mixtures up from time to time. After the time has passed, the remaining St Johns Wort can be filtered through a cheese cloth and placed into glass tincture bottles with droppers. You can either dispose of the remaining organic material, or save it for another technique known as calcination. A lot of people use everclear, I suggest grain alcohol. The more time you can take to prepare these, the better they turn out. I like using Mullein leaf as a base ( fresh leaf ). It makes the most magnificent color green. It's also rich in mucilage, which makes any infusion soothing to the stomach and intestines.


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